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Bangladesh PM blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We've seen Myanmar could not win Rohingya's trust in creating a conducive situation (in Rakhine) for their dignified return,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'The problem lies with Myanmar as they don't want to take back the Rohingyas by any means,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

ROHINGYA. Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018.  File photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Bangladesh court suspends case against outspoken photographer

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The award-winning photographer, Shahidul Alam, is facing charges of making 'false' and 'provocative' statements in a televised interview, offenses carrying a maximum 14 years in jail

DETAINED. A file photo of acclaimed Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam lifted from the Facebook account Free Shahidul.

Bangladesh PM wins election landslide as opponents demand new vote

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Deadly violence that blighted the election campaign spills over into voting day, even as authorities imposed tight security with 600,000 troops, police and other security forces deployed across the country

RESULTS. Bangladeshi people read a newspaper carrying headlines of the general election results in Dhaka on December 31, 2018. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

600,000 deployed for Bangladesh vote marred by violence

Dec 29, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Authorities deploy about 600,000 police, army and other security forces ahead of Sunday's vote, following a deadly campaign of clashes and the arrests of opposition activists

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh election campaign ends in anger

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

At least 6 people from both opposing parties have been killed since the start of election campaign in November due to heated rallies among their respective supporters

HEATED. Bangladeshi pedestrians walk under posters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League election candidates hanging over a street during the general election campaign in Dhaka on December 21, 2018. File Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Campaigning underway in Bangladesh polls amid opposition arrests

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:29 PM

More than 100 million people are registered to vote on December 30 for either Hasina's Awami League and its allies, or a beleaguered opposition that says it is being hobbled by police

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (2ndR) sits in a dialogue with opposition party in Dhaka on November 1, 2018. - File photo by AFP)

Bangladesh opposition to challenge Hasina in election

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The opposition says thousands of its activists have been detained in recent months, depriving it of a grassroots presence necessary to fight any polls

Bangladesh's PM at UN urges 'safe zones' for Myanmar's Rohingya

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:04 AM

The United Nations says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of an army campaign in northern Rakhine state that includes rape and the burning of villages

SAFE ZONES? A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Sheikh Hasina also calls for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports says

CROSSING OVER. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Bangladesh restricts movement of 400,000 Rohingya refugees

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Conditions are already worsening in Bangladesh's southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar, where the majority of refugees are living in desperate circumstances after fleeing Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state

SCRAMBLE FOR RELIEF. People distribute relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 16, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill prime minister

Aug 20, 2017 - 6:32 PM

The men were sentenced to death by firing squad for planting a huge explosive near Prime Minsiter Sheikh Hasina in 2000

Bangladesh arrests 10 suspected extremists as raids continue

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:42 PM

The Rapid Action Battalion RAB counter terrorism force detains the suspects in a second day of raids targeting Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh blamed for numerous atrocities including a cafe siege that killed 22 people

Families of Bangladesh cafe victims take bodies home

Jul 04, 2016 - 6:22 PM

UPDATED Many were in tears as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid wreaths on the coffins of those killed in the siege at an upmarket cafe in the capital

Family members of a Bangladeshi policeman hold hands during a memorial service for those killed in a bloody attack and siege in Dhaka on July 4, 2016. Robert Schmidt/AFP

Bangladesh in mourning after hostage bloodbath

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:44 AM

Flags are being flown at half mast in government offices and at other sites across the country while funerals of the two Bangladeshi victims are expected to be held

TERROR ATTACK. Bangladeshi soldiers and police walk along a street leading to an upscale restaurant in Dhaka on July 2, 2016, following a bloody siege there by armed attackers that began on July 1. Photo from STR / AFP

Bangladesh PM 'determined to root out terrorism'

Jul 02, 2016 - 2:27 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appears on television condemning the extremely heinous act

HOSTAGE SIEGE. An injured police officer is escorted by a colleague after suffering wounds from a crude bomb blasted by suspected criminals at a Spanish resturant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late 01 July 2016. Two police officials have been killed during the encounter while some gunmen reportedly took several people hostage, including some foreigners, inside a Spanish resturant. Photo by EPA

Anger in India over Modi's 'despite being a woman' speech

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:21 PM

While scores poked fun at the Indian premier s gaffe others expressed anger questioning whether Modi meant women were generally tolerant of terrorism

HIGH-LEVEL MEET. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L), Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (C) and the Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee (R) wave after a flag-off bus service between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 6, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Thousands celebrate historic India-Bangladesh border pact

Jun 07, 2015 - 3:30 PM

An historic agreement will now allow thousands living in enclaves near the Bangladesh India border to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo

LEADERS. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L), Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (C) and the Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee (R) wave after a flag-off bus service between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 6, 2015. Stringer/EPA

No end in sight to 'slow-burn' Bangladesh turmoil

Feb 16, 2015 - 10:19 AM

Observers fear the latest bloodshed which has killed more than 80 people this year could become part of everyday life in this country of 160 million

ANGER IN THE STREETS. Activists of the ruling party supported Awami League's labor front Sramik League shout slogans as they are stopped by the law enforcement officials while they have marched towards the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia?s Gulshan office in Dhaka, Bangladesh 09 February 2015. Abir Abdullah/EPA

Bangladesh court convicts British reporter of contempt

Dec 02, 2014 - 5:57 PM

Judges from a special war crimes court rule that a blog and two other articles written by David Bergman hurt the feelings of the nation They order him to pay a 5 000 taka 65 fine or go to prison for a week

Transgender Bangladeshis hold first-ever pride march

Nov 10, 2014 - 9:53 PM

The pride march celebrates the anniversary of the country s move to consider transgender Bangladeshis as part of a third sex reflected in passports and other state documents

Bangladesh's Zia loses court battle on corruption charges

Sep 14, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Bangladesh s highest court rejects appeals by opposition leader Khaleda Zia clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her jailed for life

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia in Gulistan, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 May 2012. Abir Abdullah/EPA

Pollution-ridden Bangladesh unveils green tax in budget

Jun 06, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Bangladesh finance minister A M A Muhith says industrial effluent and waste from urban sewage is severely contaminating our rivers and taking heavy toll on the aquatic environment and its surroundings

POLLUTION. A Bangladeshi laundryman washes clothes in the polluted water of the Buriganga river at Hazaribagh in Dhaka. Widespread dumping of industrial, medical and human waste has resulted in the Buriganga River becoming severely polluted. Photo from Abir Abdullah/ EPA

Bangladesh to seek Chinese help to build deep sea port

Jun 04, 2014 - 10:43 PM

The country s foreign ministry says the port would feature in the bilateral discussions when Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina travels to China on Friday June 6

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh prime minister

Jan 12, 2014 - 6:42 PM

UPDATED Sheikh Hasina has insisted her win in the January 5 elections was legitimate despite the vote being boycotted by the opposition and its allies in the deadliest election violence in the country s history

File photo by AFP

Deadlocked Bangladesh swears in contested parliament

Jan 09, 2014 - 2:06 PM

Analysts say the new parliament could be short lived as Hasina faces a worsening political crisis and a mounting calls for new polls from the opposition

DEFIANT. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in a media conference following the 10th national election at Gonobhaban in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 06 January 2014. Abid Abdullah/EPA

Bangladesh PM defiant after violent election victory

Jan 07, 2014 - 8:43 AM

UPDATED Hasina accused the Bangladesh Nationalist Party of making a mistake by shunning the vote and made clear she was not in the mood to offer any olive branches to BNP leader Khaleda Zia

DEFIANT. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in a media conference following the 10th national election at Gonobhaban in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 06 January 2014. Abid Abdullah/EPA

Bangladesh stares into abyss after bloody vote 'farce'

Jan 06, 2014 - 8:14 AM

UPDATED The deaths of at least 18 people in election day violence underlined the polarization in a country that only won its independence in 1971

ELECTION VIOLENCE. Election materials burn following an attack on a polling station in the northern town of Bogra on January 5, 2014. AFP Photo

Polling stations firebombed in deadly Bangladesh vote

Jan 05, 2014 - 6:19 PM

Police said at least 13 people had been killed and more than 200 polling stations were set on fire or trashed by mobs in a bid by the opposition to wreck the one sided contest

Fear stalks Bangladesh as vote 'farce' begins

Jan 05, 2014 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED A huge security operation involving 50 000 troops has been mounted to ensure the eight hours of voting passes off smoothly

DHAKA COMMUTE. A Bangladeshi flag flutters in the wind as cycle rickshaw drivers ferry commuters down an avenue in Dhaka on January 4, 2014. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Clashes erupt in Bangladesh as opposition march gets underway

Dec 29, 2013 - 5:18 PM

Clashes between police and demonstrators erupt as a march is underway to thwart next month s general election

Bangladesh polls could be delayed amid new violence

Nov 27, 2013 - 3:11 PM

The announcement came on the second day of a 48 hour general strike organized by the main opposition

ON ALERT. Members of the elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) march in the streets during the 48-hour country wide blockade of road, rail and water transport, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 26 November 2013. EPA/Abir Abdullah

152 Bangladeshi soldiers sentenced to death over mutiny

Nov 05, 2013 - 10:35 PM

Several of those convicted screamed at the judge in anger: I don t need a life term Hang me hang me

VERDICT. Policemen patrol as Bangladeshi people accused in the 2009 Peelkhana murder case look through the window of a bus. Photo by EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

4 dead on final day of Bangladesh strike

Oct 30, 2013 - 7:50 AM

After a series of mass rallies at the weekend the BNP and its Islamist allies launched a three day general strike ending Tuesday

Send books not guns, Malala pleads at UN

Sep 26, 2013 - 10:02 AM

Malala: Instead of sending weapons instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries which are suffering from terrorism send books

BOOKS, NOT GUNS. Malala Yousafzai speaks at a special event entitled, “Delivering on the Global Education Promise," at the United Nations in New York, 25 September 2013. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Cranes clear Bangladesh disaster site as hopes fade

Apr 29, 2013 - 2:59 PM

Cranes began clearing the wreckage of a ruined garment factory complex in Bangladesh on Monday April 29